Jane Goodall Fast Facts

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY:  British primatologist Jane Goodall, the world's famous authority on chimpanzees, is kissed by Pola, a young chimpanzee, in Budapest' Zoo 20 December 2004. Goodall is a participant of the 'Roots and Shoots Foundation' meeting and adopted this young chimpanzee today. Goodall began her pioneering study of chimpanzees more than 40 years ago in Tanzania.       AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK  (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of world renowned primatologist, activist and conservationist Jane Goodall.

Birth date:
April 3, 1934
Birth place: London, England
Birth name: Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall
    Father: Mortimer Morris-Goodall, businessman
    Mother: Margaret Myfanwe (Joseph) Morris-Goodall, a novelist
    Marriages: Derek Bryceson (1975-1980, his death); Hugo van Lawick (March 28, 1964-1974, divorced)
    Children: with van Lawick: Hugo, 1967
    Education: Cambridge University, Ph.D. Ethology, 1965
    Other Facts:
    Obtained a doctorate without receiving a bachelor's or master's first.
    Was the first scientist to give names to her research subjects instead of the conventional practice of assigning them numbers.
    Found that chimps engage in warfare with neighboring communities and that chimps are capable of altruism, which they display by adopting unrelated orphaned infants.
    First to observe chimpanzees eating meat and making and using tools
    1956 -
    While working as an assistant in a London film studio, she receives an invitation from a friend to visit her farm in Kenya.
    1957 - Arrives in Africa and meets famous archeologist and paleontologist Louis Leakey. He hires her as an assistant and then asks her to study a group of chimpanzees living in Tanzania.
    July 1960 - Arrives at the Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania to begin her study of chimpanzees.
    October 1960 - Goodall observes chimpanzees eating meat, when they had been thought to be vegetarians.
    November 1960 - Observes the first recorded instance of chimpanzees making and using tools.
    1991 - Begins the Roots & Shoots environmental program for young people, as part of the Jane Goodall Institute.
    2002 - Is designated as a United Nations Messenger of Peace.
    February 20, 2004 - Is invested as a Dame of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace.
    2010 - The documentary film about her life, Jane's Journey, is released.
    March 2013 - Apologizes for the plagiarized passages found in her book, "Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants," scheduled to be released in April. The Washington Post first reported on the borrowed passages, saying they came from Wikipedia and other websites.
    September 30, 2014 - Scientists from The Naturalis Biodiversity Centre and botanical garden Hortus botanicus Leiden name a new species of orchid after Jane Goodall. The Dendrobium goodallianum orchid was collected in Papua New Guinea in 2003.
    March 2016 - Along with the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), Goodall calls for the owners of two aging chimpanzees that were used in many science experiments to release the animals to a chimp refuge and sanctuary in Florida to live out their days. The chimps, Hercules and Leo, are currently housed in the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana.